The New Year is just kicking off, and we have some great ideas to make this year one to remember. Check out our 2016 Bucket List, and add these experiences to your to-do list this year. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or justlooking for something new, we’ve got you covered.
Dogsled: If you've ever wanted to lead a team of dogs across a white sweep of open territory, here's your chance. Book your reservation in advance to experience dog sledding at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. A team of seasoned sled dogs from the nearby Wildlife Academy will lead the way. All you have to do is hold on and enjoy the cool rush of wind in your face. It's an experience you won't soon forget.
Snowmobile: Take a tour of the Laurel Highlands with a guided snowmobile tour at Seven Springs.
Go skiing and snowboarding: Pop on some skis or grab a board at Seven Springs or Hidden Valley and let the Snowsports school show you how it’s done. You’ll be a downhill expert in no time!
Snowcat Tours at Seven Springs Mountain Resort: Every night after the skiers and snowboarders have cleared the slopes, the resort’s on-mountain team uses snowcat or groomers to create smooth and impeccable conditions for the next day. Climb aboard a specially-designed snowcat for a late night ride you won’t soon forget! On this tour, visitors will take in remarkable nighttime views from the top of the mountains and even descend down the steepest slopes.
Farmers’ Markets: Shop local this spring. Get some healthy and fresh grub to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions—or start them back up again.
Hit Every Winery in the Laurel Highlands: The best goal for 2016, try a bottle of something delicious at every winery in the Laurel Highlands. Check out our list of wineries, and start making plans to accomplish the only goal for the New Year that really matters.
Perfect your golf swing: There are so many fantastic golf courses in the Laurel Highlands. Find a course that helps you improve your game. Why not try to hit them all? The best round of your life is within reach.
Zip line: Whether you strap in at Seven Springs for a canopy tour or compete with a friend on the dueling Fatbird Superflyer, your zip lining adventure starts here. Try the Ohiopyle Zip Line Adventure Park at Laurel Highlands River Tours & Outdoor Center, too.
Have a Whitewater Adventure: Conquer the heart pumping whitewater of the Upper Yough. Let seasoned professionals from one of the outfitters guide you through the rapids, narrow twists and turns, and heart-stopping drops.
Kayak or Paddleboard: Have a less intense, but equally exciting, paddling adventure.
Go Off-road: at Nemacolin’s Jeep® Off-Road Driving Academy, you can get behind the wheel on an exciting course of rugged trails and terrain.
See some of the best waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands:
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®
- Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park
- Adams Falls in Linn Run State Park
- Cole Run Falls in Forbes State Forest
Ride a natural waterslide: Head to Ohiopyle, and check out the Meadow Run Natural Waterslides.
Bike the GAP: Travel along the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh through the Laurel Highlands and all the way to Washington, D.C. for the ultimate bike ride. Pick a section, and make it a day out the whole family can enjoy. Have an exciting weekend getaway, and stay at a trail town B&B.
Take an awesome fall photo: (A great chance to get a family portrait and get those holiday cards out of the way) Take a fall drive through the Laurel Highlands, and you’ll find no end to the fall photo opportunities. Check out one of the many parks in the Laurel Highlands for even more photo ops. Strike a pose at Baughman Rocks in Ohiopyle with a gorgeous panorama of fall colors as your backdrop. Enter your photos in the 2016 Laurel Highlands Photo Contest for your chance to win cash prizes.
There's always something going on in the Laurel Highlands. Make it your New Years Resolution to try something new. Check out our events for even more ideas, and get excited for what this year has in store! Cheers to a fresh, exciting year! Start planning your trip today!